Internationally-acclaimed author Helen Dunmore follows her bestselling novel, The Siege, with a riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of post-war Soviet Russia, a world of violence and terror, where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted allies.In 1952 Leningrad,... show more
Internationally-acclaimed author Helen Dunmore follows her bestselling novel, The Siege, with a riveting and emotionally absorbing portrait of post-war Soviet Russia, a world of violence and terror, where the severest acts of betrayal can come from the most trusted allies.In 1952 Leningrad, Andrei, a young doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, post-siege wreckage. But they know their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws of Stalin’s merciless Ministry of State Security. When Andrei is forced to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer, his every move is scrutinized, and it becomes painfully clear that his own fate, and that of his family, is bound to the child’s. Trapped in an impossible game of life and death, and pitted against a power-mad father’s raging grief, Andrei and Anna must avoid the whispers and watchful eyes of those who will say or do anything to save themselves.With The Betrayal, Dunmore returns with a powerful and stirring novel of ordinary people in the grip of a terrible and sinister regime, and an evocative tale of a love that will not be silenced.
Publish date: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Series: The Siege (#2)
Excellent sequel to The Siege. I have vague memories of that book but the hints in this one were enough to jog my memory.
Book at Bedtime R4. Yet again, the more I want to engage with a book the more it fails to live up to expectations. Such a shallow premise here.blurb - In her latest novel, The Betrayal, Helen Dunmore returns to the Soviet Union, and to the city of Leningrad whose history she so powerfully evoked in ...
Not as good as the siege, although it was well written, I just couldn't believe the naivety of the main characters, it pissed me off that a couple who had survived the purges and the siege of Leningrad should suddenly fall prey to the system - why oh why didn't they just ask for him to get a second ...
Having read Helen DunmoreThe Siege I had her sequel on my shelf for a very long time and decided it was time to read it. I wasn’t blown away by the The Siege but still was intrigued by the blurb of The Betrayal and decided to read it, but this novel is also a bit flat and dull.Set in Leningrad in 1...